The reliability of the Nikon brand is based on high-level technological power resulting from R&D activities that have been ongoing since the company's establishment in 1917.

Super-resolution nonlinear fluorescence microscopy which are lower cost and more convenient than conventional super-resolution microscopy to meet demands for observing deep areas, are under development.

Basic Technologies

To strengthen Nikon's existing businesses and create new businesses, it is vital to continue basic R&D activities based on a long-term perspective. With opto-electronics and precision technologies as a foundation, Nikon is conducting R&D in a wide range of technologies, such as optics, precision measurement and manufacturing, image processing, materials, and software and systems.

Figure of Basic Technologies

R&D Organizations

Nikon is conducting R&D in each business including the Research & Development Division for basic R&D, Optical Engineering Division for optical design technology development, the Next Generation Project Division that conducts R&D in order to realize growth strategies, Production Technology Division for production technological development, the Imaging Product Business, Precision Equipment Business and Healthcare Business. By associating research and development with each business/division, Nikon's reliable technology is more effectively nurtured.

Figure of R&D Organizations

Nikon Research Report

As a result of our research and development based on Nikon's core technologies of "opto-electronics" and "precision", technologies incorporated in new products and those evaluated by organizations such as academic societies are mainly introduced.


Technology Strategy Committee

The Technology Strategy Committee was established with aims to actively respond to a wider range of social issues and needs. In order to formulate the Medium-Term Management Plan, this committee has established three areas of long-term growth in "Digital Manufacturing", "Vision Systems/Robotics" and "Healthcare". In the future, Nikon will work on each business unit/division from the technical aspect to ensure the effective implementation of the Medium-Term Management Plan across the Group. Flexibly adjusting to external changes, Nikon will aim to achieve long-term growth.

Built a Platform Utilizing AI

Focusing on information processing technology including AI, Nikon Group established a platform structure and environment that utilize AI efficiently and effectively. Now, based on this platform, we are advancing R&D that combines AI with Opto-electronics Technologies and Precision Technologies, and accelerating development in order to deploy this for business utilization.

R&D by Group Companies

Nikon Research Corporation of America, a U.S.A.-based R&D subsidiary, is engaged in research and development related to lithography systems, imaging technologies, artificial intelligence, software, and high-precision systems.

Fellow System

Nikon has introduced a system that grants fellowships to engineers who demonstrate world-class expertise and knowledge. We seek to promote cutting-edge R&D that leads the industry with specialists who are widely recognized both within Nikon and far beyond.

Industry-Academia R&D Alliance

Nikon has formed an R&D alliance with the University of Tokyo — Nikon Chair of Imaging Science, Institute of Industrial Science - aimed at nurturing next-generation engineers who will lead the optics industry. And at ten locations throughout the world — in Asia including Japan, the U.S.A., and Europe — we have opened Nikon Imaging Centers, which use advanced Nikon microscopes in the study and education of imaging technology.

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